Mount Pierce, Jackson, and Webster Loop

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Mount Pierce, Jackson, and Webster Loop is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3339 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

river

views

scramble

A climb up the two southernmost peaks of the Presidential Range This is a great loop trail that will take you up Mt. Webster and along the mountain's cliffs on the way up, then head over the partially bare summit of Mt. Jackson, past the AMC Mitzpah Hut and then to the top of semi-wooded Mt. Pierce. You'll return via the southern end of the Crawford Path back down to Crawford Notch.

hiking
6 days ago

We caught a break in the rain from Mizpah hut and ventured out at about 2 PM to peak-bag Jackson -- fully knowing we were not going to get any views with the 100% cloud cover. While only a net 300 foot vertical difference between the hut and Jackson, there's some down and up. There are three scrambly spots up to the summit, but only moderately difficult.

The return to the hut encountered downpours, but we got back with a round trip of about 3 hours. Note - while this site is saying 2.8 miles, I believe the distance is 1.6-1.7 each way based on the signs on the trail -- so more like 3.2+ for the out & back.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

I started on crawford's path from Eisenhower and then made my way over to pierce and then to Jackson.

Pierce was a very easy hike, but we experienced winds over 65 mph. This was challenging.

We stopped at the hut and had a snack and continued on to Jackson. Jackson has many spots where you must scramble up slabs of granite in order to summit. We descended via the Jackson-Webster trail and it was a difficult one. It could have been because it was the end of a 9 mile hike, or because it was actually semi challenging.

But altogether and amazing journey!!

hiking
9 days ago

I wish I could say it was a beautiful day in the Alpine Zone but it started off rainy and foggy and stayed that way for most of the hike. I took the Crawford Path to the summit of Mt. Pierce, by far the easiest hike out of all the ones in the range. Nice steady incline to the summit, I made it in two hours. Then headed over to the hut for a snack and over to Mt. Jefferson, another two hours to this summit. I decided to skip the hike over to the cliffs and took the shortcut down (Webster-Jackson Trail). All in all it was a great day of hiking despite the weather. 7 hours round trip. I don't consider myself to be in the best of shape and I managed just fine!

backpacking
12 days ago

This is a great loop trail that will take you up Mt. Webster and along the mountain's cliffs on the way up, then head over the partially bare summit of Mt. Jackson, past the AMC Mitzpah Hut and then to the top of semi-wooded Mt. Pierce. You'll return via the southern end of the Crawford Path back down to Crawford Notch. Challenging hike with great views.

hiking
21 days ago

It was a beautiful day, the ascents were moderate and the length was perfect for a full day hike. The walk from Pierce to Jackson takes you by the AMC Mizpah hut, which is a great place to fill up on water and use the bathroom. The full trip took a little over 6 hours. None of the summits were especially crowded, especially for a summer weekend.

hiking
26 days ago

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backpacking
1 month ago

My boyfriend and I took the dog out for the first time on this loop. We started at the AMC highland center and took the Crawford Notch trail to summit Mt. Pierce. The ascent was smooth - it was a gradual incline all the way to the top and it was great for the dog. We went south to camp at the Neumann tent site, right by the Mizpah hut. $10 per person per night for a raised wooden platform, close enough to use the hut for bathroom, water, and a yummy morning pastry if you go after breakfast is over. The next day, we continued south to summit Mt. Jackson. For the most part, it was great. When we were close to summit, there were a few sections that tested our footing with our packs and the dog. The trail was very wet but manageable. Beautiful wildflowers this time of year, and the view from Mt Jackson is spectacular in good weather. Once off the summit, we cut across to the Webster Jackson trail, which was an okay descent, tricky in some parts without poles and with the dog. Altogether, a fantastic weekend and would highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Trails were pretty wet with water flowing down, but with good hiking boots you should stay dry. Very pretty waterfall , and views on the summit. We only did Mount Pierce and the loop around the hut and down.

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10 months ago

Hiked up the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Pierce. Did not do Mount Jackson, simply turned around at the top and came back down. Right before the summit, past the Mitzpah Hut there is a difficult and steep section to ascend. The Crawford Path is rocky, but very doable for most of it. I enjoyed this hike, especially the views of Mount Eisenhower, other parts of the Presidentials and Mount Washington. It was my first 4000 footer.

hiking
10 months ago

it is amazing to me how trails that are near each other can have very different feel, and this one was no different. Planned to hike Tuckerman's today, but the forecast was 50mph wind and the coldest weather of the year. this was our backup hike, and what a perfect one for today. We reversed the loop and it was perfect. good work going up Webster Cliff trail, so we stayed pretty warm. Rime ice on all the summit trees, and gorgeous views from the cliffs. Jackson was awesome as well with clearing skies and almost 360 degree views. On to the Mizpah hut for soup and warming up. Crawford was a nice even slope back down after summiting Pierce. the best part was that 90% of this hike is in the trees so we were well protected from the wind. I usually insist on being up above treeline for great views, but with today's wind, it was a welcome change. use this loop on a day that may be too windy for some of the other higher peaks.